In a massive blow to his planned stay in power, to at least 2030, when he would be around 88 years, after celebrating his 78th birthday last week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has allegedly been diagnosed of prostate cancer and is said to have been advised to step down from politics by his medical doctors, Spotlight Zimbabwe reports.
According to South African medical practitioners, who declined to be named Mnangagwa, is believed to have started suffering from the disease since the beginning of early last year, but the country’s presidency was reportedly kept in the dark about the devastating news to avoid political pandemonium in Harare.
Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate — a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Usually, prostate cancer grows slowly and is initially confined to the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm. However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.
Prostate cancer that’s detected early — when it’s still confined to the prostate gland — has a better chance of successful treatment.
Ironically, Mnangagwa told the world during the United Nations General Assembly, in September 2019, that former president Robert Mugabe, had died of cancer, but did not disclose or describe the type of cancer involved.
“Treatment had stopped, doctors had stopped treatment, chemotherapy, one, because of age and also because cancer had spread and it was not helping anymore,” Mnangagwa said in comments carried by state propaganda publication, The Herald newspaper, about a year ago.
In 2011, WikiLeaks released a U.S. diplomatic cable that said Mugabe had prostate cancer that had spread to other organs, which government officials denied.
During his time in power, and before he was forced to resign after a coup in November 2017, Mugabe frequently travelled to Singapore to seek treatment.
Mnangagwa is thought to be receiving specialised treatment from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and in Belarus to curb his ailment.-Spotlight Zimbabwe